All posts tagged: Tony Banks

Ticket Stub: Genesis in Los Angeles, January ’75

A week ago this past Monday, prog kids around the world got their wish when Genesis was finally inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The list of artists that are not in the Hall stretches for miles and miles, with many kept out as a result of politics and critical disdain for their music. Among those on the list, Genesis have been a group that brought up in conversations past, would often provoke a surprised reaction, upon learning that they were not already among the bands/artists inducted. But what does it really mean as an artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I suppose it gives you a little bit of prestige, but what is that prestige worth in the long run? In the short term, perhaps a small bump in record sales. Who cares, right? And perhaps that is why many of the artists that are currently among the snubbed could care less.  They’re going to continue to make money from catalog royalties and touring – …

DVD Review: “Mellodrama”

In 1978, a band I was working with was recording an album at A & R Studios in New York City. In the studio was the keyboard called a Mellotron. We never did use it on the album, but I liked to hit the key that made a dog bark because it sounded just like the dog barking at the end of “Caroline No” from Pet Sounds. I was pretty sure that the thing could do more than that, but I didn’t know how to use it, and I didn’t know anything about the years of innovation that led to my smile when I heard that dog bark. Now, thanks to the new documentary being released today, cleverly titled Mellodrama, at least I’m clued in to the instrument’s history. I know how a military electronics technician by the name of Harry Chamberlin built and marketed a keyboard that bore his name back in 1948. I know that he used members of the Lawrence Welk orchestra to record the eight second tape snippets that the machine …